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Weston Woods protected for future generations to recognise role in World War One

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 October 2017

Weston Woods. Picture: Jackie Downey

Weston Woods. Picture: Jackie Downey

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Weston Woods will be protected to honour the memory of those who served in World War One.

Weston Woods. Picture: Henry Harrison Weston Woods. Picture: Henry Harrison

The woods will be added to the Centenary Fields programme, which was launched by Prince William in 2014 to secure spaces which have some significance to the war.

An estimated 80 per cent of the trees in the woods were cut down during the war and used to shore up the trenches.

North Somerset Council applied for it to be given Centenary Fields status.

A council spokesman said: “This is a fantastic national scheme which aims to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

“As a lot of the timber from Weston Woods was used during the war effort this is a fitting way to remember this important anniversary.”

The woods will be added to the list in 1918, marking 100 years since the war ended.

A field in Biddisham has already been protected in this way.

MORE HISTORY: The World War One hero who single-handedly captured 50 men on the battlefield.

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